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THE PAPATANGO NEW WRITING PRIZE 2013
In Partnership with the Finborough Theatre
Guaranteeing its winner a full production on the professional London stage at one of London's most acclaimed new writing venues as well as publication by one of the UK's leading theatre publishers, the fifth Papatango New Writing Prize is now open to submissions from UK applicants, regardless of age.
Submissions are invited from 11 March 2013 until the closing date of midnight on 31 May 2013. The longlist will be announced on 1 July 2013 and the final winner declared on 1 August 2013.
The winner will receive a full four-week run at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre in November 2013, and the script of the play will be published by Nick Hern Books.
This year's judges will be the four members of Papatango – Matt Roberts, George Turvey, Sam Donovan and Chris Foxon, together with Neil McPherson – Artistic Director of the Finborough Theatre, Francis Grin – Literary Manager of the Finborough Theatre and Reen Polonsky – Senior Reader of the Finborough Theatre. In a development from previous years, all entries will be judged entirely anonymously.
Papatango New Writing Prize 2013 – Submission Guidelines
The competition is open to anyone resident in the United Kingdom only.
There is no age limit.
The play must have a playing time of at least ninety minutes.
We can only accept one entry per person.
All entries should include page numbers on every page.
The deadline for entry is midnight on Friday, 31 May 2013. Any entries received after this time will not be read, and no extension is possible.
We are only able to accept entries submitted by email in Word or PDF format. Entries must be entirely complete and in one document only.
All entries should be emailed to email@example.com. Any entry made to the Finborough Theatre will be disqualified.
SCRIPTS MUST NOT INCLUDE THE AUTHOR'S NAME (OR ANY PSEUDONYM), ADDRESS OR EMAIL ANYWHERE IN THE DOCUMENT. All scripts must include a phone number only on the front page of the script. (Please make sure that any phone number you give is one that you will still have August when the winner is announced. You may include more than one phone number if you wish). As anonymity is a key requirement of the process, any scripts that break this rule will be automatically disqualified.
The play must be an original, unperformed and unproduced piece of work. It cannot have received a professional production in any form, anywhere in the world, apart from an absolute maximum of three rehearsed/staged readings or workshops only. Amateur productions do not apply. Any scripts that have been professionally produced or published will be automatically disqualified.
Translations, children's plays, adaptations, music theatre, television, film or radio scripts are not eligible for the competition.
We recommend visiting the Papatango website (www.papatango.co.uk) where details on entrance criteria and our literary policy are available. We recommend reading the literary policy of the Finborough Theatre (on the 'Literary' page of the Finborough Theatre website).
The entrant must exclusively own and control all copyright and all other related rights to the submitted script. It must be available for production and unattached to any other organisation or individual.
The winner is automatically under exclusive option to Papatango for a period of eighteen months after the announcement of the awards, and will receive 10% royalties of the gross box office from its first production at the Finborough Theatre in November 2013. The terms for any subsequent production mounted by Papatango will be negotiable.
We regret that no correspondence can be entered into regarding any part of the judging process.
Only the winning play and plays longlisted will be contacted, once the winner has been decided; if an entrant has not heard from Papatango by 1 August 2013 they should consider their entry unsuccessful.
The winning play will be performed at the Finborough Theatre from Tuesday, 29 October – Saturday, 23 November 2013.